THE Queen spent time in Peebles yesterday morning (Wednesday) visiting the new John Buchan Museum.
Her Majesty met members of the Buchan family as well as prominent members of the local community, including representatives from the John Buchan Centre in Broughton, before chatting with the parents of Royal Marine Commando Alec Lucas, who was killed in action in Afghanistan in November 2008
The Queen was the second Royal visitor to the town in less than a month following her eldest son Prince Charles’ visit to the Robert Noble Mill.
On her arrival she was cheered by a huge crowd of supporters and welcomed by members of the public, many of whom had been camped out on the street since the early hours of the morning.
The Lord-Lieutenant of Tweeddale, Captain Sir David Younger and Borders MP David Mundell welcomed the Queen to Peebles for the first time in 25 years.
Wearing a Stewart Parvin lilac outfit and a lilac, sage and buttercup hat by Rachel Trevor Morgan, The Queen was given a tour of the John Buchan Museum by chairman of the museum committee, Ian Buckingham.
Following this, The Queen was presented with a bouquet of flowers by nine-year-old Callum Elder and his eldest brother Hamish, 11. Callum said: “It was all so exciting, it was such a thrill to meet her.” Her Majesty spoke to writer Stuart Kelly who is involved with the John Buchan Museum, he said: “It is fabulous that the museum has been given the Royal seal of approval.
“John Buchan is often very much neglected, this is sure to prompt more people to come and visit the museum and understand what an important part he played in history.”
The Queen learned about the Alec Lucas Memorial Trust from his parents Adrian and Sue before viewing the plaque on the wall close to the war memorial.
Adrian Lucas said: “It was a great honour to meet The Queen. She knew about Alec and about him being in the Royal Marines. She took time to look at the plaque and it was a lovely moment.”
Flanked by the Royal Company of Archers, Her Majesty toured the Burgh Hall and the Council Chambers before signing the visitors’ book.
As she left, she was presented with more flowers by toddlers Benjamin Allan, Rachel Allan and Elspeth Roper.
Reflecting on the visit, MP David Mundell said: “This was a fabulous day for Peebles.The Queen was thrilled by the turnout from the public, she was very knowledgeable about John Buchan and it was a great opportunity for so many people who put in so much work to the local community to meet Her Majesty.”